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The project RIP “Material Culture and Spaces of Remembrance. A Study of Cemeteries in Luxembourg in the Context of the Greater Region” seeks to examine the historical evolution of sepulchral culture from the early 19th century to the present, with an outlook towards the use of cemetery areas in Luxembourg in the future.
Our research will focus on the spatiality and materiality of remembering the dead, including the changing layouts of graveyards and the emergence of alternative sites, new designs of tomb stones and tomb slabs, and changes and continuity in the practices of burial and grave tending.
To examine the impact of materiality on the social processes of individualisation, pluralisation, de- and re-sacralisation (or vice versa) etc., this project has a three-pronged approach: spatial analysis, history and qualitative social research.
Research on Luxembourgish cemeteries continues in a comparative perspective in the European research project CeMi (Cemeteries and Crematoria as Public Spaces of Belonging in Europe: A Study of Migrant and Minority Cultural Inclusion, Exclusion and Integration), funded by the FNR via HERA (Humanities in the European Reserch Area)